Newest Member: Definedbygrace


Him: FWS
Kids: 22 & 25
Married for 30 years now, was 16 at the time.
D-Day Sept 26 2008
R'd in about 2 years. Old Vet now.

Funny phrases that you learned from elders

My Grandma who was the most amazing person ever, had only a 3rd grade education but she always was willing to learn new skills and had a bunch of what we refer to as Grandmaisms

1. They will glad in the same britches they got mad in. Always when you were worried about upsetting someone else.

2. Be really upset by something...."Shit a green monkey"

3. If we teased her to the point of aggravation she would show us her fist and say "See this I got another one" which was hysterical because she was barely 5 foot tall and weighed about 100 lbs.

40 comments posted: Saturday, April 9th, 2022

Experience with Non-surgical Minimally invasive weight loss procedures

Happy Friday All!!!!
Well I have unfortunately continued to gain weight in a slow and steady fashion since Covid started and being placed on a medication for my RA and it caused a significant weight gain over a 6 month period.
My BMI is over 40 and due to my RA I really don't do well with any exercise right now. Like if I do much of anything I can't move for 5 days, and the last time we had significant snow I shoveled and ended up needing steroids because it sent me into a flare.

I have cut back on the food, focus on high protein, low fat, low carb diet, and since Jan lost a whopping 5 lbs, yup 5.

So the point of my post is this.... Has anyone had the endoscopy balloon, or endoscopic gastroplasty (not surgical but done through an upper endoscopy procedure and totally reversible. IF so what was the outcome, what was good, what was bad?

I'm heading out shortly for an evaluation and would love some thoughts on real life experience with this as well.

12 comments posted: Saturday, March 12th, 2022

Great News on Covid

Well Gang I think we are on our way to seeing this thing dwindle and become endemic.
My health system that I am employed by has been very active in care, treatment, testing, and measuring data. As part of this we have weekly town halls when there are spikes, and things are bad.

Yesterday they had the "LAST TOWN HALL" The physicians that report on numbers, and data all were quite certain and relieved to report that numbers are dropping almost as fast as they spiked. They also had a consistent message that there are no new scary/virulent strains on the horizon.

My region is seeing a lifting of masks mandates, and people getting back to normal. This is such a great thing.

Now if MLB could get its ish together things would be fantastic.

18 comments posted: Thursday, February 10th, 2022

Well guess who else is joining the ranks of Grandparenthood?

Yup you guessed it.
My eldest has a relatively new girlfriend and they really like each other and have worked together for quite some time.
They started dating this fall, and she was supposed to be unable to get pregnant again. She also has an 11 yo and is a bit older than my son.

I was shocked and overwhelmed with the news last week. I have since accepted it and know that they will be wonderful parents and this baby will be loved so very much.

The other kicker is my sweet niece who is like a sibling to my kids is also due at the same time. Within days of each other!!!

I still can't quite wrap my head around being called grandma but it's going to be a blast!!!

24 comments posted: Monday, December 20th, 2021

GD Stoopid Dumb Dumb Rona

I've had it. I mean it I am fried, I am spent. I need a week away from the madness and illness.
Rona or the Vid is out of control in my area and local estimates are that at least 30% of hospitalized patients are fully vaccinated.

My son popped positive this morning. He tells me yesterday that 2 coworkers that he worked with 3 days last week, and one he hung out with on Saturday, that chose not to get vaccinated, were positive as he was hacking, coughing, snotting, and giving me the heebie geebies in general. So he went this am for a test, and Yup he has it.
He doesn't have a fever, and his appetite is decent, but he is snot nosed coughing mess. He went to bed and has not been coughing since he went to bed. Hoping he can channel his inner child and rid himself of this like he did every other bug he picked up. He would typically sleep for 24 hours straight and wake up well.

In the meantime I have to worry and wait for symptoms for my spouse and myself. He is sequestered to his room, and under strict rules about being out of it. Luckily he lives on the second floor of the house and we are on the main level.

But seriously I know everyone that was against the vaccine is going to say see. It doesn't work, and will continue to run about getting it and spreading it while our hospital staff, nurses, Dr's, support staff, everyone is exhausted, and mentally beat up from this stupid thing. It isn't going away, and when it does it won't be soon.

Please be careful. If it's not up in your area, still take precautions, wear your mask, socially distance, and limit your outings. Wash your hands frequently.

Most of all. BE KIND.

79 comments posted: Friday, August 6th, 2021

Welp one kid is done and out .

This weekend was a major one in our lives.

My youngest graduated from University with a degree in a field that she wanted. She also has her first grown up job, and starts tomorrow.

We went to her school and moved her from her apartment there, to where she will be working, even further from home, and moved her in with her boyfriend, who really is a great kid. They are so happy and excited, and they have a beautiful apartment in a lovely town that is growing and developing.

But man was it bittersweet for me. This kid has always been a go getter, and I had no doubt that she would move away from home at least for a while when done with school. Her boyfriend is also pretty independent as he is the second youngest of 9 kids. Yes I said 9. He has a great job too. It just sucks so much that they are almost 6 hours away.

I did really well no tears all weekend. Was happy and upbeat, and celebrated her success in finishing school in 4 years from a very difficult university, I mean everyone in our state knows when you say you went there that it is much harder than a lot of other schools.

On our way home we stopped in nowhere's ville MO to grab a lunch, and was walking to make our drinks, while my H paid the bill and I wiped out on a slick floor, like BOOM, wiped out, and hurt my knee pretty good, everyone in the restaurant looking at me, trying my best to hold it together, my H helping me get to the table, and then became tearful.

The real breakdown came later when we arrived home, knee swollen and hurting, and walk in, and my son and his girlfriend actually got me a card and lily for mothers day. I fucking fell apart. Like boohoo cried. We don't do greeting card holidays at house. They are silly and waste of money, but the fact that these 2 night shifters thought enough to go to the nursery and pick out a lily I don't have in my flower beds (I love lilies and have many differe varieties) and to sign a card, and put it on the counter for me was just too much to top off this weekend.

I am of course emotionally better, sometimes we just need a good cry. My daughter starts her job tomorrow, and my son just keeps plodding along doing his thing (come on frontal lobe).

Anyway, I just want to say for all you Mom's out there, College Graduation is a pretty amazing mothers day gift, but it is also filled with some bittersweet feelings. I know I did good because she is totally prepared and heading out into the great big world. But damn it's gonna suck to have her so far away.

17 comments posted: Tuesday, May 11th, 2021

Prayers Please for HfSsC

She reached out to me this pm, her Dad is in the hospital, and they couldn't figure out what it was at first, but now they know. They are admitting him, and if all goes the way it should he should be able to celebrate Easter with his loved ones.

So our dear sweet HFSSC could definitely use some of the famous SI prayers, and of course our infamous MoJo!!!!

Thanks Gang!!!!

23 comments posted: Friday, April 2nd, 2021

StooPiD WiNteR!!!

Well the new job was supposed to start today, and here in the central midwest we are seeing a rare combination of things.

Extreme cold and big snow. Sooooo due to it being below 0, and wind chills in the -20's and it snowing, up to 9" today, they cancelled my first day!!!!

It is fine, but I was anxious to get started.

Anyway I am so ready for spring I can't even express it in words.

53 comments posted: Monday, February 15th, 2021

Quick Weather/Dress question

I have a job interview today in person. The current temp is 14, and there is a fresh layer of snow on the ground.

Would you consider it appropriate to wear a nice pair of cowboy boots with dress clothes?

I have on tan trousers, Red boots, and blouse that has red tan, and dark brown, and will wear a light brown dress jacket/blazer.

It that too red neck?

11 comments posted: Tuesday, February 9th, 2021

2021 Rip Roaring Part Deux

So I lost my job on Jan 8th, and landed a job that starts on the 15th. Lower stress, WFH, and decent $$.

However.... My DD has been having issues in the past 2 years with what we thought were UTI's, however after she had 2 negative cultures I considered that we had something else going on and she was tested for it when home over winter break. Yes she was positive for interstitial cystitis and her OB/GYN is well versed on it and had a care path for her including emergency meds, and good education on how to prevent, ID triggers, and what to do when all else fails.

Unfortunately I think we have some other autoimmune issue at work as well. She had an episode at the beginning of the year where she was unable to eat, vomiting, and lots of nausea and abdominal discomfort, thinking it was a bug or food poisoning she recovered in a week, but the same stuff started the end of last week with a bout of Interstitial Cystitis kicking things off. She is currently in a hospital 6+ hours away from me, dehydrated, unable to keep anything down for 3 days, and also had some SVT (an irregular heart beat) last night (guessing due to electrolytes being off). Waiting on cardiology, am labs, and xrays to see if we can get some answers.

So if you have it in you I'd appreciate some mojo prayers positive energy headed her way. Poor kid this is her LAST semester of college or was supposed to be, but if she misses a full week, I think she may need to drop.

22 comments posted: Tuesday, February 2nd, 2021

2021 is off to a Rip Roaring start

Go to page 3 for an update on 1/27/21.

Well between not being able to get in on the vaccine first 2 rounds and our country collectively loosing its mind I had a great day too.

I lost my job. Yup everyone except for a few folks that kiss leaderships ass were let go. I am the only one that was bringing in income on a monthly basis but sure let me go. I was the only one that trained new staff but sure let me go. I was the one that made our software award winning and truly functional for what our company did, but sure let me go.

Fuck them. They will not be in business in a year. I will be working a new job in 90 days or less. Fucking shit damn cocksucking assfuckers douchecanoe sellout greedy drs. They would much rather fire a bunch of nurses opposed to doing what is right and good. Dickfaced mothercocksuckers.

Update - Landed a job start mid Feb. see page 3 for more details.

[This message edited by tushnurse at 3:43 PM, January 27th (Wednesday)]

57 comments posted: Friday, January 8th, 2021

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